The Parents Television Council approves of something MTV has done, and no, it’s not April Fools’ Day.
The finger-wagging media watchdog group — which this summer blasted the network over Miley Cyrus‘ foam-finger wagging Video Music Awards performance — is praising MTV for censoring Cyrus’ performance at the European Music Awards.
The PTC pondered whether this marks a sea change in MTV’s outlook, or whether the network stumbled into the organization’s good graces by sheer dumb luck.
“Last night MTV made a responsible decision and they executed it perfectly. It is unclear whether MTV’s actions suggest stricter content guidelines for its TV-14 programming, or whether this is just an example of the old saying that ‘even a broken clock is right twice each day.’ We certainly hope it is the former,” PTC president Tim Winter said in a release Monday. “We applaud MTV for taking responsible actions to eliminate the drug use from its U.S. broadcast, and we urge them to make that a uniform policy for all of its programming.”
During her acceptance speech for the Best Video award for her “Wrecking Ball” clip, Cyrus removed what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette from her bag and took a few puffs before exiting the stage.
The puff piece was edited from the performance when it aired in the U.S., and on MTV.com.
The PTC sang a different song after the VMAs.
“”MTV has once again succeeded in marketing sexually charged messages to young children using former child stars and condom commercials — while falsely rating this program as appropriate for kids as young as 14. This is unacceptable,” the organization’s director of public policy, Dan Isett, said in a statement at the time.
Cyrus appeared to reference the situation when she opined on Twitter Monday: “Sometimes in life you just gotta decide to not give AF.”
We think we know what she was saying but don’t want to spell it out and offend the PTC.